3ds eShop cards in UK Shops - has any1 actually seen them ?

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Apr 29, 2012
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    CannonFoddr Regular GBATemp Lurker

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    Ok, I admit I've not look THAT hard, but whenever I go into shops (those shown in Nintendo PDF file) I have NEVER seen them up on display (I've even tried 'GAME' and 'Gamestation' ). I've even gone to each of those shops websites & done searches - with no results (even 'Amazon' and 'eBay' don't show them)
    [BTW I've tried '3ds' 'eshop' 'nintendo' 'prepaid' 'cards' in different combo's, as search terms]

    Now I know you can use either eShop cards OR a Credit card but.....
    - I prefer NOT to use my Credit card (that way I can't get into debt if I don't have the money, & yeah I know it's ONLY £10/£20 etc etc)
    - I prefer to use Debit cards instead, (If there's something I want I MAKE SURE I've saved up the money first before buying - & yes I know it doesn't have the same online protection as a Credit card)

    But - you can't use 'debit' cards on the 3DS eShop
    • So, Has anyone (In the UK) actually seen 3DS eshop cards ??
    • If so - Where ??
    • Was it IN the shop or the shops website ?? (If 'online' can you supply a link to it)
    How about eShop cards around the world...
    • Could I buy online a eShop card from a USA website & use it in the UK ??
    • Have those in other country ALSO have a problem finding them in the shops ??
    Thanks in advance
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    Hmm - http://www.nintendol...k_out_in_the_uk

    Try Asda's or Sainsbury's perhaps?

    No, you can not, sorry.
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    I would of thought the game shops would stock em and you to probably have to ask for em there as obviously they would be behind the counter.
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    Nope tried Asda and sainbury websites - no luck (those are 2 of the ones mention in the official Nintendo list of UK distributors)

    Full list of UK eShop Card retailers are:-
    • ASDA
    • Gamestop
    • Sainsburys
    • WHSmiths
    • Morrison's
    • Co-op
    • GAME
    OK - thanks for that info



    I was down ASDA yesterday actually, they don't have a 'counter' for their game section - even tried behind the counter at Argos - & our local 'GAME' shop was actually shut for some reason
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    Oh i see, maybe only specific located supermarkets/stores have them. :/
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    When i said game shops i was referring to Game or Gamestation, as for websites, they operate independently to the stores as there stock and prices differ.
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    I found a bunch of WHsmiths, and bought one (in shop) that worked fine.

    Game/tesco/sainsburys/hmv = all didnt have them and still dont but WHsmiths does. Check that if you have one in your town.
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    yea ive seen um all over the place

    my local tescos, sainsburys, gamestation, game, asda
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    you can use 'debit' cards on the 3DS eShop, as I have done it many times
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    True. I use Visa electron, which is debit.
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    So hang on - despite shop stating 'Credit card' it WILL accept DEBIT cards as well ??
    I wish it was made clearer what cards were accepted, guess I have to try this weekend.......

    Thanks for the replies..... I'll have to also have a look in my local WHSmiths next time for the cards as well (funny how that shop ain't on Nintendo list though)
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    Well, not all debit cards.
    I have a debit card from royal bank that isn't visa or mastercard so it doesn't work on the e-shop
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    Yes we r referring to Visa/Mastercard debit cards not some crap card your bank uses
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    The whole point to all this is that people may what to buy friends and family One eshop card as a gift, they must have thought of this.

    Then they can but there Game on WIFI with there gift Card.

    Where you cannot use a credit card in this case.

    Its very sad that non do, Weldone Nintendo for losing out.
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    Debit cards work just fine. As long as they are Visa/MasterCard/American Express. When stores specify "Credit Card" it generally just means any of those cards will work. Visa Electron will generally not work however certain online stores will accept those as long as it has a card number on it.
    I don't know why this distinction isn't clearer but I have never had a problem using my Visa debit card on any online store. I guess it's easier to say "credit card" as those are almost always one of Visa/MasterCard/AMEX.
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    Here (or this)

    They're the only ones i could find in stock on the GAME website. They are just themed, looking at the description, you can buy anything with it.

    If not, you can just buy a prepaid visa card (morrisons and tesco sell them for sure), I recommend the ones that use the website "www.gospendit.co.uk" (check the back of the cardboard thing it's in), you have to pay £2.95 extra (so if you buy the £25 one, you pay £27.95 at the till). I haven't seen a website that it doesn't work on yet (haven't tried it on eshop, since i prefer physical copies).
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    yeah, as others said, if it says visa/ mastercard/whatever they take, and your card has that, then you are good.
    it doesn't matter if it is one of those giftcards, or a debit card, or a credit card.

    lots of people just call the card a bank gives you 'credit card'.

    i have seen the eshop cards in Game. :)
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    "since i prefer physical copies"

    I agree, Zelda link between two worlds Physical now in shops asda / tesco £32.99 for the cartridge it's self + box and book, Online Download £39.99 That makes no scene at all, And one can sell on are part exchange a Physical Copy, Download you cannot.

    A lot of there prices online are far more then the Game with box its self, they should really review this.

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